Guitar Pick Case

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 11-17-2015 03:38 PM 1669 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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How many shop(ping) days till Christmas? I made this pick case from a chunk of what I think is white oak. The chunk itself was originally the seat of a child’s chair. To make this I cut a long strip out of the piece of wood a little wider than I needed for the case. I did this on the Table saw. Then I cut a slice off to become the top. I then trimmed the the strip and the ‘bottom’ closer to size.

I stuck them together with double sided tape and cut the pick case out on the band saw. Keeping things stuck together, I fine tuned the shape on my belt sander. Then I drilled a 1/16th inch hole down through the top and into the body where I wanted to locate the pivot and the magnets to keep it closed.

After prying the lid off I used a Forstner bit to make the well inside the box for the picks. I drilled holes for the magnets and the pivot and sanded the mating parts of the top and bottom. After gluing in the magnets sanded again to remove any glue squeze-out.

The pivot is made from a 6-32 brass screw. I filed the slot off the head so that it looks much like a brass nail. The threads were also filed off just below the head to help avoid wear from the decades of use this box will get.

After a final sanding I hid the tiny hole in the lid, which I drilled to locate the magnets, with a cut off brass brad. Maybe it adds a little class to the box as well.

After painting the well black I finished the box, unassembled, with spray lacquer. When that was dry, I glued the pivot into its socket thus fixing the lid on. It was a simple project, but I think it looks good.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-17-2015 04:49 PM

Thoughtful gift for any picker, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 04:53 PM

Nice pick box. Thanks for the overview of the build. May have to go check my scrap box and make a few.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 05:30 PM

It’s definitely a good project for those small, interesting looking scraps we sometimes save.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 11-17-2015 08:46 PM

Since it’s fashionable to mention our mistakes, I should have drilled the well about 1/16 inch more toward the magnet. The hole for the pivot just grazed the well. I patched it with some putty, but that’s the main reason why I painted the well black.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 09:42 AM

Using this as earing or ring box crossed my mind.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 08:31 PM

Using this as earing or ring box crossed my mind.

- majuvla

A variation of it could also be a tooth box or even to hold coins.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 11-21-2015 01:49 AM

Nice idea. I’ve been using 35mm film canisters, but this is better looking.

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